Apple introduced iPadOS 17, watchOS10, macOS Sonoma and iOS 17 with several new communication and sharing features. iOS 17 offers personalized Contact Posters with photos, Memoji, and eye-catching typography that appear during calls and in the updated address book. A new live voicemail feature enables live, real-time transcription. You can pick up the phone during the voice message and the transcription takes place on the device.
Messages now have improved search capabilities, an arrow to jump to the first unread message in a conversation, easier inline replies with a swipe gesture, inline location sharing, and a new sticker experience. iMessage apps and the camera have been moved to a new plus button.
Check-in is a new feature that provides location updates. This can be used to inform family or friends that you have come home safely. If you are late, the system recognizes the delay and checks in with you accordingly. If you don’t respond, it can send a notification to friends including location, battery level, and cellular status.
You can AirDrop content with Apple iOS 17 by holding two iPhones side by side. Optionally, the transmission also runs in the background. NameDrop does the same with phone numbers and contact information. There are also updates to Keyboard and Dictation that bring improvements to autocorrection through a new Transformer language model and sentence-level correction.
Apple iOS 17 also introduces a new app called Journal. The app collects new memories based on people, places, activities, music and photos that can be added to daily journal entries. Journal can also remind you daily to write an entry. Journal will start for iPhone later this year.
Apple has also given iOS 17 a new mode called Standby. Standby provides a basic view of the time, widgets, and other information. In addition, you can now just say “Siri” instead of “Hey Siri” and Apple’s digital assistant understands follow-up commands that don’t contain the trigger word.